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Basque Country (Bilbao & San Sebastian)
9 Days

ITINERARY

Tour overview:
This 9-day tour highlights Barcelona, the Basque Country and Madrid. In Barcelona, learn its history on your walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. Then travel to the Basque Country. Located at the base of the western Pyrenees, it borders both Spain and France. Visit Biarritz, known as the summer resort for European Royalty. In San Sebastian, explore the old town on a walking tour and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views over Mount Igueldo. You will have some time to relax in this beautiful coastline town. In Bilbao, see the Vizcaya Suspension Bridge, a World Heritage site and gaze at the architectural delight of the Guggenheim Museum. Find the medieval origins of Spain’s capital city, Madrid.

Day 1 (Tue): Barcelona

Meet and assistance at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation at the hotel.


Day 2 (Wed): Barcelona

Breakfast at the hotel. Call on bus terminal (Balmes, 5) at 08:00 for a morning Highlights city tour of Barcelona. Half-day sightseeing tour around Barcelona that will allow you to discover the history of the city while visiting some of the most important places in a comfortable and easy way. The first part of the visit consists in a guided walking tour through the small and narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. During this early visit we will see Las Ramblas, de Cathedral Square, The Cathedral (free time to visit the Cathedral by yourself), the Old Jewish Quarter, among other interesting places. Later we will take our bus to start with a panoramic tour around the rest of the city. We will pass through the elegant Passeig de Gràcia Street, where there are located two of the most important Gaudi’s buildings (Casa Batlló and Casa Milà “la Pedrera”), the Triumph Arc, the Olympic Village and the Olympic Port. For the next part of the visit we will access to the Montjuic Mountain. This is an important place because was the main scenery of the Olympic Games in the 1992. We will see the Olympic stadium from the bus and later we will have the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the city riding the aerial tramway (subject to the weather conditions). For the next part we will go to the Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol) that consist in a synthesis of all the cultural variety in Spain. During the visit you will be given some free time to enjoy the different areas inspired in different Spanish regions, where you will find craft shops restaurants and bars. At the end, back to the bus, we will leave Montjuic and come back to the city centre passing through España square, the twin Venetian towers, the MNAC and the Shopping centre Las Arenas, build in an old bullring. We will arrive to Catalunya square, and we will end up the tour. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)

Note: January to March (dates to be confirmed) the cable car doesn’t work due to revision tasks, this service will be replaced by a tapas tasting in Spanish Village.


Day 3 (Thu): Barcelona – Bilbao (train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Barcelona “Sants” train station to depart by train to Bilbao. Arrival to Bilbao train station and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. (B)


Day 4 (Fri): Bilbao – Getaria – Zarautz – San Sebastian

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Getaria, one of the most charming coastal villages of the Basque Country. We will enjoy a walking tour into the historical quarter. Moreover, we will visit a workshop of excellent quality Cantabrian sea products, only captured with traditional methods. Included tasting of a pintxo with products from the workshop. Later, we will pass by the famous summer resort of Zarautz. In San Sebastian, we will enjoy the magnificent views over the mount Igueldo and later a walking tour into the historical old town. Balance to the day at leisure in San Sebastian. Accommodation at the hotel.(B)


Day 5 (Sat): San Sebastian – Bilbao

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day in San Sebastian to enjoy the city to the fullest. In the afternoon, departure to Bilbao. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)


Day 6 (Sun): Bilbao

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive Along the river of Bilbao, we will discover the interesting industrial past of the city. Already on the coast, we will stop to see the Vizcaya Bridge, heritage of humanity. Passing by the majestic Castle of Butron, we will arrive into the Biosphere of Urdaibai. From the lookout, we will discover the secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Stage for the famous TV serial, Game of Thrones. In Bermeo, typical fishermen village, we will stop for a walking tour and to enjoy its charms. Tasting of a typical pintxo included. Finally in Gernika, we will visit the interesting Assembly House and the famous Tree of Gernika and back to Bilbao. Free time for lunch (not included). Afterwards, guided tour to Bilbao with a walking tour of the old town. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)


Day 7 (Mon): Bilbao – Madrid (train)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to rail station to depart by train to Madrid (please expect a later arrival in Madrid). Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. (B)


Day 8 (Tue): Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Madrid panoramic city tour; find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, famous for its historical buildings. Drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterized by Phillip II and its Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa; the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Admire the XIX C. works such as Prado Museum. The contemporary Madrid with areas such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that the city has to offer. Accommodation at the hotel. (B)


Day 9 (Wed): Madrid

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. END OF OUR SERVICES. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Guaranteed departures on selected Tuesdays
2021 Standard Class First Class
Departure DBL Occ SGL Occ DBL Occ SGL Occ
Jan 05 - Jan 13 2370 3635 2555 3860
Jan 12 - Jan 20 2370 3635 2555 3860
Jan 19 - Jan 27 2370 3635 2555 3860
Jan 26 - Feb 03 2370 3635 2555 3860
Feb 02 - Feb 10 2370 2370 2555 3860
Feb 09 - Feb 17 2370 2370 2555 3860
Feb 16 - Feb 24 2370 2370 2555 3860
Feb 23 - March 03 2370 2370 2555 3860
Mar 02 - Mar 10 2370 2370 2555 3860
Mar 09 - Mar 17 2370 2370 2555 3860
Mar 16 - Mar 24 2370 2370 2555 3860
Mar 23 - Mar 31 2370 2370 2555 3860
* During your stay in Madrid, Bilbao and train journey tour escort service will not be available.
* In the event that the panoramic tour of Madrid is not operated for technical reasons will be replaced by the Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Bus 1 day instead.
* This tour might be a combination of different programs. If applies there might be a change in the tour escort and passengers between the programs.
Hotels:
Barcelona
Catalonia Barcelona 505 / Evenia Rocafort (S)
Catalonia Barcelona Plaza / Evenia Rosello (F)
Bilbao
Ilunion Bilbao / Sirimiri / Nh Deusto / Petit Palace Arana (S)
Barceló Nervion / Ercilla / Occidental Bilbao / Sercotel Gran Bilbao / Silken Indautxu / Zenit Bilbao (F)
San Sebastian
Sercotel Europa / Sercotel Codina (S)
Barcelo Costa Vasca / Silken Amara Plaza / Astoria 7 (F)
Madrid
Mayorazgo / Tryp Atocha (S)
Courtyard Marriott Madrid Princesa / Riu Plaza España (F)

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • Guided visits and panoramic city sightseeing as per the itinerary (typical Pintxos tasting)
  • Tour escort during the tour
  • Air conditioned deluxe motor-coach
  • Train ticket Barcelona – Bilbao – Madrid (tourist class)
  • Accommodation at selected class
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Travel insurance

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